If Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem gets his way we won’t see him back fighting for the promotion until well into 2011.
Overeem defeated Brett Rogers back in May to retain his title, but hopes of a blockbuster fight with Fedor Emelianenko were dashed when the Russian star lost unexpectedly to Fabricio Werdum.
With the title picture now unclear Overeem quickly grew restless and diverted his attentions elsewhere, signing up for K-1’s heavyweight Grand-Prix and he has since successfully navigated his way to the finals in December, ensuring that he won’t be seen in strikeforce again until 2011.
Unfortunately for MMA fans and for Strikeforce execs it seems that Overeem isn’t exactly in a hurry to return to the cage.
“After my K-1 adventure, I will take a well deserved holiday and then hope to be in the cage around May in Strikeforce,” Overeem tells Punch Drunk Gamer.
For anyone keeping score if that is the case then it means that it’ll have been a year since his last appearance for the organization, and he will have fought just once in three and a half years in strikeforce since winning the heavyweight title.
It’s a farcical situation, and perhaps gives fans an insight into why the UFC insists on having exclusive contracts with their fighters.
Scott Coker said recently that 2011 was going to be a big year for the heavyweight division, with all the major stars set to fight each other. We cautioned at the time that there were a number of stumbling blocks that could prevent that from becoming a reality, and just days later we’re already starting to see the warning signs that we’re in for another potentially frustrating year with regards to MMA’s second biggest promotion.